We anticipate the arrival of a new addition to Fife and Drum on October 23, 2020. A female Golden Retriever, to be named Bella, will be joining the crew at Fife and Drum Central. We visited the breeder last weekend and Lelia picked out her dog and named her. Each of the six pups in the litter were off the wall cute so one could hardly go wrong choosing any of the dogs. When Lelia picked up the pup with the red collar, said dog gave Lelia a dainty dog licking on her cheek and we all knew that this particular dog had chosen Lelia.
Here are some pictures of the actual pups ( the picture at the top of this page is file stock from the internet). Bella is the puppy with the red collar.
Lelia and I are in charge of all dog care. Mom is prohibited from walking Bella so that the latter does not bond to the former. All of our previous dogs have bonded primarily to Mom, due largely to the fact that it was always Mom who was taking care of the dogs (walks and feeding). She has become the Dog Whisperer in our house because all dogs naturally gravitate towards her. So Lelia and I are starting with a clean canvas and the chance to create the numero uni bond with Bella. Dad will be doing the house breaking training and spend numerous nights sleeping on the couch to offset the expected night crying of Bella until she acclimates to her new home. Hopefully, our Lab Augie, will help Bella have some comfortable nights in the beginning.
It’s been years since we have had a puppy. We know the drill and routine and know how difficult the first six to eight months can be. However, the payoff with an adult Golden is well worth the effort that one puts in.
We are looking forward to Bella’s arrival.